Taylor Swift Wins Seven Taste of Country Awards, Including Artist of the Year
Taylor Swift earned seven new honors, including Artist, Album and Song of the Year, at the second-annual Taste of Country Awards. The fan-voted awards concluded last night (Jan. 15 at midnight), with the 'Begin Again' singer outlasting fellow superstar Carrie Underwood in many of the categories.
The closest vote of the 10 total categories was the Best Dressed Country Artist of 2012 category. Swift picked up 44 percent of the vote, sneaking by Underwood by just 87 votes. Luke Bryan finished a distant third in that stylish category. That's a common theme -- Swift and Underwood pulled away from the competition in five categories, with the 23-year-old winning every time.
In addition to Artist of the Year, Swift's song 'Begin Again' was named the Song of the Year. Her new 'Red' album was named Album of the Year, and her video with the Civil Wars took Country Music Video of the Year. 'Safe & Sound' scored 41 percent of the vote, with Underwood's 'Blown Away' coming in second at 36.4 percent.
Despite taking the summer off, Swift won the Live Act of the Year award over Brad Paisley and Miranda Lambert. Her song 'Ronan' won the Most Heartwarming Moment of 2012 award with 40 percent of the vote, besting Kellie Pickler's shaved head in support of a friend battling breast cancer.
Including her wins last year, the haul gives Swift 11 total ToC Awards to put next to her multiple CMA, ACM and Grammy awards. In total, over half a million votes were cast to decide the 2012 Taste of Country Awards winners. Congratulations to Taylor Swift and her fans for a successful 2012!